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22 June 2017


Last half term, local butchers Nick and Sally Hansford from Hansford Butchers in Shipham visited Kings to talk meat! The lunchtime session was scheduled for Year 10 students studying Food Preparation and Nutrition. As part of the GCSE course, in Year 11 students will complete a ‘Food Practical Assessment’, and to help them prepare teacher of Food Technology Miss Beacham has been building in lessons to develop students’ practical skills. In order to gain top marks in their practical exam, students’ will need to be confident with meat preparation, hence master-butchers Mr and Mrs Hansford visited the Academy. They talked to students about the history of butchers in Britain, different cuts of meat, testing for readiness, how to portion and joint a chicken, as well as the...

20 June 2017


During half term, Year 9 student Bettine and her crew Sam Goult were on top sailing form for the final selection event for the Neilson GBR Cadet World Team 2017 series that ended in the spiritual home of the Cadet, the Royal Corinthian YC at Burnham on Crouch. The day started for Bettine and Sam in glorious sunshine with a light breeze until the skies turned dark and threatening and as they prepared to launch, the first clap of thunder in the distance struck; which delayed the start until the storm had passed. Wind over spring tide stirred the waters into a lively chop, making racing conditions challenging. Bettine and Sam were certainly tested with 28 knots of wind recorded on the committee boat at one point, as they battled to manage the wind, tide and waves. There were...

15 June 2017


With the summer sporting season well underway, some of Kings’ top athletes recently competed at the Somerset Schools Athletics competition at Millfield School. Congratulations to Year 10 student Abi Peake, the only Kings student to qualify for the South West Regional Finals this Saturday (17 June 2017) in Exeter, and will be representing Somerset Schools. Abi won both the 100m and 200m sprints, and whilst she was also competing against the excessive wind that impacted slightly on her times, she still achieved impressive county standard times with 13.1 seconds and 27 seconds respectively. All the more impressive given the 200m was her first race. Well done to fellow students who also participated, Hannah Bolt (75m Hurdles), Bailey Gabriel (800m), Matt Gwilliam (200m and...

26 May 2017


Forty days after Easter on Thursday the Academy held its Ascension Day service at St Andrew's Church in Cheddar to mark Jesus' ascension to heaven after his resurrection. The tradition of Ascension Day is a lovely part of life at Kings, originally brought to Cheddar by Reverend James Coleman of Oriel College Oxford and is sometimes a forgotten celebration in the Christian calendar. Years 9 and 13 students were in church for this very moving service organised by Christian Leader Elizabeth Alden and Reverend Stuart Burns led the proceedings with his thoughtful reflections. A group of Year 13 students enacted Jesus’s ascension to heaven after the final meeting with his disciples whilst student musicians gave a beautiful rendition of the delightful song, “The Call,” with the...

23 May 2017


Last Tuesday (16 May 2017), Year 10 were off timetable for their Work Skills Day, an annual event organised by Careers Adviser, Dr Hall. Working in tutor groups, students experienced and enjoyed lots of new experiences, and engaged in a wide range of activities to learn some of the key skills valued by employers for the future and more immediately, in anticipation of their Work Experience placements next half term (from Monday 26 to Friday 30 June 2017). All students had a session with either the Royal Marines, the Royal Air Force or the British Army and attended three further sessions from other local organisations: Airbus, The Leonardo Company (previously Agusta Westland), Cyient Ltd (previously Blom Aerofilms), NatWest, Ballinger Services, TePe Oral Hygiene Products Ltd...